Fixed the Newel Post!

In the spirit of updating more, I decided to share my find today. While watching Seinfeld, there was a commercial for Home Away featuring the Griswolds.

It’s my personal opinion, and yeah, I’m going to say it…a known fact that you can’t go wrong with the Griswolds. From Walley World to Vegas, with Europe and Christmas in between, the Griswold family never disappoints.

Now Home Away is sending Clark and Ellen to Hotel Hell with mini webisodes. Smart choice Home Away because I instantly went to your website to view them, and now I’m posting about them. About 7 minutes long, these mini webisodes were actually pretty good, and made me long for Sparky…errr….Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

An older Rrrusty also makes an appearance, but sadly no Audrey. The only thing that could have made it better, beyond there actually being another National Lampoons Vacation movie, would be the song Mele Kalikimaka.

Cheers to Home Away for bringing back together one of the greatest movie families, as well as giving me ideas for my vacation stay when I can eventually afford it. Watch the Griswolds below.

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Where in the World is Kelly Viviano?

Its been a while. The last time I posted it wasn’t even my birthday yet. So where have I been? What have I been doing? I promised updates on this a while ago…where are they?

Ok. I lied. No, I just got busy. I fully intended to keep this updated, but life caught up with me. I’ve had some pretty rocky/weird interviews for jobs, which I’d rather not remember. I had a New Years Eve, which I definitely don’t remember, and a New Years Day that my date will always remember. I became an aunt, and oh yeah, I got a job!

Along with not being able to update this blog I haven’t been able to have mini marathons of The X-Files. I haven’t been able to switch the month on my “Nuns Havin’ Fun” calendar from December to February (soon to be March) and I haven’t showered in weeks.

No, I lied again…and I’m basically just complaining. I still shower everyday, manage to eat copious amounts of food while working/hanging out with friends, and still play around on Facebook. I guess the time that I used to take updating this blog, watching too much TV, and changing my calendar is now consumed by a job. Does this mean I’m an adult?

NO! I want to be a Toys R Us Kid! So here is a new entry for anyone who reads this still and requested it (WKIW). Today I have the day off and am free to do whatever. I chose painting, and of course this blog. Here is the painting:

Red and black. Like you weren’t expecting that. Along with some Garbage song titles in the background and my attempted paint splash of Shirley Manson. Don’t you just love the wallpaper? Another thing I haven’t done…take down wallpaper and paint bedroom wall red.

To make up for my lack of posting, here are two more little goodies. Some doodles I made a while ago of Kaitlin Olson and Charlie Day from Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Cause I’m a pothole, soo…

Well, Geico has done it again. Personified an inanimate object. And you know what? I’m ok with it.

This time Geico has made a talking pothole. I actually think its pretty funny, and gets the point across about the benefits of having Geico (emergency road service). And the southern voice, perfect. Cheers to Geico for coming out with a campaign I might actually enjoy watching.

In the past, they’ve had some annoying ones. Mainly, the cavemen. Lets take a quick gander at what Geico has done.

First, and still, there is this little guy. The Geico Gecko.

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Then he more or less embraced the mishaps. He decided he should go with the flow, and just go around promoting Geico with every chance he had.

At times he revealed his innocent, yet funny side. His artsy expressive side, while dancing across a desk. And his mischievous side by using a bill that was not his to get something from a vending machine.

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Then. There were these guys. The Geico Cavemen. Not only are these cavemen on my list of most annoying TV ads, but they are one of the worst campaign ideas Geico (Joe Lawson) has come up with. I hate the Geico Cavemen. And to think a TV show was made for them. I’m not sure what drugs ABC was on to even think of picking up a series on these guys and then to think it would be successful, but to no surprise it was cancelled quickly after it began. Very quickly.

Thank you Geico for finally phasing these guys out. If you want to reuse the Gecko, fine. But not these guys.

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Then there was this campaign. Having a celebrity narrate a real persons story about using Geico car insurance. I’m okay with these. I mean they weren’t amazing, but they weren’t all together annoying. In fact, I found the Joan Rivers one comical. And who doesn’t love themselves some Little Richard?

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This one you all remember. The stack of money with googly eyes, and that song. Still being used, but not the newest campaign. I have to admit, this stack of money did not raise my interest one bit when they first started airing this campaign. But after about 2-3 commercials I liked it. And the song stuck. Plus, imagine how much cheaper it is to use this stack of money over making new animations of the Gecko.

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And then. Boom. This gal. Ultimately, I think the Gecko was probably their best, but this one looks very promising.

09/09/09

Today is 09/09/09. What would have made this post better is if I woke up at 9:09 am and posted it, or if I waited until 9:09 pm. However, since I am not an early bird, and one of my favorite shows premieres tonight, America’s Next Top Model: 2 hour special, I will post now at 1:51 pm.

So what is so special about today? Here are 9 reasons. Of course.

Number 1: Single-Digit-ness
You’re unlikely to experience another single-digit date in your lifetime. The next one won’t come around for 92 years, until 1/1/2101.

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Number 2: Math-Magics
Lots of silly mathematics can be made this day. The date falls on a Wednesday in September, both of which have 9 letters. September 9 also is the 252nd day of the year. 2+5+2=9.

Number 3: Beatle-Mania
Its a big day for the Beatles. Today, digitally remastered versions of all of the Beatles studio albums will be released, along with the artwork that was originally released in the U.K.. Not to mention some other goodies that come along with them; expanded booklets and documentaries.
Additionally, today is the day that The Beatles: Rock Band releases.


Number 4: Apple Announcements
The Apple iPod Event is today, which will unveil the next generation of iPods. There are some rumors about what these future product announcements will be, but I’ll just wait and see.

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Number 5: Movies
Today the movie ‘9,’ an animated sci-fi/action film, produced by Tim Burton is released. Not to mention that this marks 2 more days for the long awaited release of Sorority Row. Yeah. You’re looking forward to it, don’t lie.

Number 6: A Day Without Cats
A day without cats on the internet. Urlesque is organizing a web-wide ban on cat-related coverage today. No posting about adorably funny kitty cats today. Although, I suppose I may have broken this rule by even posting about them.

Number 7: Exchanging Vows
This is supposed to be a big day for weddings, along with lots of hotel deals for, you guessed it, $99. Sin City is making lots of preparations for today. Okay you crazy kids, you have fun.

Number 8: ANTM
I mentioned it earlier. You didn’t think I’d forget, did you? Today America’s Next Top Model: Cycle 13 premieres. What makes this season different? Tyra casts models under 5’7.” Excited!

Number 9: Birthday
Quite possibly the most important part about today is that its 5 days away from my birthday! This really should have been number 1, but sometimes you have to save the best for last.

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Graduation

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I’m not about to get all sappy about finally graduating. Although looking back, I think that college will be a major highlight of my life, like most.

So maybe I will get sappy for a minute, and a bit preachy. Enjoy college. It truly is great. The possibilities and people you meet. All good things. Sure classes can be annoying sometimes, but you might find yourself wishing you were still enrolled to just be around that atmosphere again.

Okay, on to the present and the future. I have a new degree, a new/old location (I’m back home), and more time on my hands. No classes, no part time job. Just me, my blog, and many resumes/portfolios being sent across the US in hopes of landing myself a “real” job. By “real” I just mean something somewhat related to advertising.

So in the meantime , I will be able to update this blog more, so look out for some new postings. I have also updated my About Me and My Work sections. Enjoy.

Augmented Reality

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Augmented reality, according to Wikipedia, is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with, or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery, creating a mixed reality.

This can create a multitude of possibilities to many fields such as medical, military, architecture, and entertainment. But basically what this means to me, and others interested in advertising, is that I can take a 2-dimensional figure (product) on a piece of paper and generate a 3-dimensional representation of that product through computer technology. I’ll show you what I mean.

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Take this print ad from Nike for the new Nike Lunar Glide+. If you go to the website and download an application you can hold this print ad up to your webcam and the shoe will literally pop out before your eyes.

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Tada! It also allows you turn it in different directions to get different angles of the shoe.

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Be amazed. Thats me. Amazed.

There are lots of examples of this technology being used. In 2008 at the LA Auto Show, Nissan unveiled it’s vehicle The Cube and presented visitors with a brochure which, when held against a webcam, showed several versions of the vehicle interacting with the brochure.

I also attended an Adobe Suite presentation at MSU where the presenter showed us a little community unfold before our eyes. It was something like this. He also talked about the possibility of generating a fully functional phone with just a piece of paper. Neato.

Now, I know this isn’t just a piece of paper to the computer. I’m told it has something to do with tags that the computer recognizes and uses programs such as Flash to create these 3-D forms. But, like most people I don’t know enough about that technology. So for now I will say its magic. A wonderful magic that can really ad some interest to your product.

Daytime Dora Drama

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Today a star fell. Dora and her monkey Boots, which I really think she should have a permit for owning, ran after it. They blankly stared at me for a few minutes and asked if I would help them find Little Star. Waiting for a response I never gave, they figured I could spare some time and assist, which okay, I guess I could.

But, them asking me to point out where Little Star was, when he was clearly just laying face down in a bush, was a little demanding. I managed to look in the stars general direction anyhow and they got the hint.

Dora asking me to sing Little Star a song to cheer him up was going too far. I just met her and was still getting used to the fact that Boots was not on a leash. Sing the star a song? I don’t think so.

She was taking advantage of my kindness, and when I said no, she blurted out words in Spanish I didn’t understand. Then mocked me by repeating it’s meaning. That was one angry explorer and the last straw.

I changed the channel and can only assume that Little Star never cheered up, turned to a hard life on the streets never to return to the sky, and is now face down in an alley, much like when I first found him.

On a “post-worthy” note, here is a hilarious video from SNL a while back making fun of my demanding little friend. Enjoy, and I apologize for anyone having to read about my experience this morning. I’m glad that X-Files: I Want To Believe is now on and I can divert my attention elsewhere.